EU tells Italy temporary accord on landings urgent

Also due to situation in Libya, determined effort by Rome needed

03 May, 17:35

    BRUSSELS - The European Commission, in a letter to Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi and seen by ANSA, said that concluding discussions on temporary accords for migrant disembarkations has "now become urgent, also due to the situation in Libya".

    The letter, signed by Director-General Paraskevi Michou of the European Commission Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, said it is "now essential" that Italy put forth a "determined effort" to bring together "a critical mass of States and enact the agreements in the short term".

    "We are working to support Italy and other member states, under the guidance of the Romanian Presidency, to move forward on this issue in the appropriate fora, continuing to recall the need for making concrete progress on the Common European Asylum System as a whole," the letter said. The letter said the reform on the common asylum system "remains vital" to manage any future migratory peak.

    Of particular importance are "the revision of the Dublin Regulation and the need for a solidarity mechanism", it said.

    The letter said the reform "remains a priority" but the full determination of member states is needed.

    "A clear effort by Italy to reach a balanced accord remains essential," it said.

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